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Unread 07-20-2019, 04:20 PM   #16
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Taylor, TX, is 60 miles north of me and is where my John Deere dealership is located.
I must have been very close by when I did my cross-country flight...I flew to Giddings during the training.
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Giddings is about 30 miles from here. See if you can find Rosanky. We are about 5 miles south of there. I have a P.O box in Rosanky.

If I see a weird looking flying object cruising around over my pond I promise not to shoot it down.
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Unread 09-07-2019, 12:48 AM   #19
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Shipping progress to me in Nashua

I was expecting the gyroplane to be delivered today after the thing went on a ship from Italy via London, Antwerp, and Bremerhaven before it finally made its way to Boston. It was offloaded the next day, cleared customs the following, and was supposed to be trucked to me in Nashua today...didn't happen. Every other one my dealer has had shipped arrived at his doorstep in the shipping container. This group decided to unload it from the container in Boston, and then the trouble started. The thing was shipped with the wheels off and L-brackets bolted on, then those were bolted to the container so it wasn't vibrating on the wheels and couldn't move around. They wanted the truck driver to do the same to his flatbed, but he wanted to strap it down. IMHO, not a good idea, as excess tension could have bent the frame and the straps damaged the paintwork. So, I suggested they bolt it to either a piece of ply or some pallets and then strap them down on the bed to emulate the way it was shipped in the container. That all took place on Friday, and no decision was firm by the end of the day, so I sat at the airport waiting for the truck all day.

We had a little excitement just as I was about to leave...one of the student pilots landed without putting his gear down...didn't get hurt, but it closed the runway for awhile until the FAA authorized them to remove it (happened after I left). The student was practicing an emergency move flying solo, and just skipped that step. Probably won't make that mistake again! But, it will take awhile to fix the plane, and the school was sort of short on planes in the first place...so, while glad he wasn't hurt, it throws a wrench in the works for them.

Certainly hope that sort of thing never happens to me in my plane!

Controlling things in three dimensions is a bit more complex, and you really don't have brakes you can slam on to avoid hitting something reliably.

Now, expecting in, hopefully, Tuesday. But, have to wait for some of the paperwork before the FAA will bless it to be able to actually fly it in the USA. Flew it in Italy without registration or any tail numbers applied, but apparently, the factory does this all of the time with all of their new planes prior to delivery. I should be able to calibrate some stuff and get some experience with the on-board computers, which is needed and prudent while waiting for the paperwork to catch up. Hopefully, that won't take very long, but hey, it's the US government.

More later. This is a picture of it the day we first test flew it to balance the rotor and verify all systems.
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Unread 09-07-2019, 07:12 AM   #20
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Glad it's finally getting close to home, Jim. Dealing with the FAA is fun at almost any level, eh?
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You sound like a kid waiting for Christmas to get here.
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The anticipation would be driving me up the wall!

Hang in there, Jim....hopefully just a little longer.
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Think his toy is still firmly attached to the ground by red tape, Goldstein.
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